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Augusta National working to grow the game of golf

Augusta National Golf Club (WFXG) -

Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne gave the annual State of the Masters address Wednesday morning for media.

Payne talked about everything from the legacy of the Eisenhower tree, to the beautification of Berckmans Road. He also talked a lot about growing the game of golf and getting more kids involved in the game.

Golf fans of all ages at the tournament agree that it's about starting them young and always remembering to enjoy the game.

Identical twins Grey and Walker Edens are enjoying their first Masters tournament, and their dad said it's a great way to start their golf careers.

"It's an incredible opportunity to really be together as a family," said Chip Edens, the twins' father. "My family has played golf for generations, so it's really sort of something that we've kind of passed down. And it's something that I want to pass down to these guys."

Payne wants to continue to encourage kids to play golf, and with the addition of the Drive, Chip & Putt competition, he thinks this is one extra step to help grow the game in the U.S. and around the world.

"Whether measured by the remarkable golfing skills of these kids, or the countless smiles and high fives we constantly exchange, the Drive, Chip & Putt is playing an important role in creating interest in our game among the youth all across America," Payne said.

While they may not be pros just yet, Grey and Walker are just happy to be spending time at one of the world's most scared golf courses.

"We got to see some players," said Grey with a big smile on his face.

"It's a privilege to be with these guys on their first trip to the Masters and to be able to start here," Chip Edens said. "To know that this was a place that so many great players have played, and a lot of players that are here watched the Masters when they were really young."

"We're probably just seeing a lot of green coats," Walker said. "And seeing not just members but people that have won the tournament."

If you have kids that want to register for next year's Drive, Chip & Putt Tournament, click here for information on how to sign up.

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